May 9, 2018

Overreact, Moi?

I'll borrow my mea maxima culpa from Jim Geraghty:

Whew! Was all of that worry about Don Blankenship much ado about nothing? Blankenship finished with just under 20 percent.

The Blankenship panic probably reflects what occurs when there's a dearth of reliable polling in a state primary, coupled with a hangover from the GOP's Roy Moore debacle in Alabama. (The fact that West Virginia Republicans rejected Blankenship pretty thoroughly makes the Alabama Republican primary voters look even worse. This isn't a national madness, driving Republicans to support the wildest, most controversial and outrageous nominee available.)

Me and #CocaineMitch are feeling pretty good today! [Snifffffff!]

I should admit to have overreacted. The rot in the GOP is not as deep as I feared. I've shared a party with religious wackos for many years (and many responsible, sensible, and devout liberty-loving patriots). Surely, I can sit next to the odd protectionist, populist. I'll just wash really good when I get home.

And President Trump will only be in office for, what, 15-20 years after dismantling the Constitution -- then things will get back to normal...

117th Congress Posted by John Kranz at May 9, 2018 11:29 AM

Just curious....why do you think he'll dismantle the constitution?
And I'll grant you he doesn't understand the constitution, but I'm not at all sure how he could dismantle it in this clime or what it is he wants to dismantle.

Posted by: Terri Goon at May 9, 2018 12:26 PM

First let me just apply a bit of salve - it's quite possible that the deep and wide denunciations of Blankenship, including by Trump himself, changed voters minds. Sometimes overreaction has a positive effect. And if the result had been different, it wouldn't have been overreaction. [Werner Heisenberg had something important to say on this point.]

Terri's question is apropos, but I sense that you're venting more than predicting. If not then I would also ask, what do you consider "get back to normal" to look like?

Finally, did you see the meme that Cocaine Mitch Tweeted after Blankenship hit the blankenberg? (Of course you did, you retweeted it.) Mitch looks like he's standing and smiling in an airborne cloud of white powder! OMG.

Posted by: johngalt at May 9, 2018 2:31 PM

I thought you both were more used to me by now. I was totally, 100% kidding about President Trump's usurping the electoral process and staying in office. Tongue firmly in cheek -- promise.

And the Ohio primary results were favorable too. If my Town of residence had not belly-flopped into the deep end of Boulderism last night, I'd be politically quite content.

Posted by: jk at May 9, 2018 2:53 PM

James Freeman has a funny angle: you win a primary and every headline features the name of the guy you beat.

Posted by: jk at May 9, 2018 4:21 PM

Religious wacko? Hey! I resemble that remark! (you should see some of my friends when I try to describe fasting...)

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